A Dakota project is a GUI-specific concept that allows users to group various files under one general heading that can describe a problem they are trying to study. For instance, a user may wish to include multiple Dakota studies in one project, as they all conceptually relate to the same simulation model. Alternately, a user may wish to include multiple simulation models in the same project if they wish to apply the same Dakota study to a variety of models.
To create a new Dakota project, you can use the Dakota Project Wizard. You can access it either through File > New > Project > Dakota > Dakota Project, or by clicking on the Dakota logo with a green plus next to it (located at the top of the Dakota Project Navigator view):
You may also import Dakota projects that the GUI is unaware of, either through File > Import Dakota Project, or by clicking on the Dakota logo folder icon (pictured above).
For new Dakota projects, the Dakota Project Wizard is fairly straightforward. Use the “…” button to open a file browser and choose where your Dakota project will reside on the file system.
You can name your project whatever you want. If you're following along with this tutorial, you might name it "Cantilever" or "Cantilever Beam Study."
When you have chosen the appropriate name and location for your project, click Finish.
After doing this, you will notice that your new project has appeared in the Dakota Project Navigator view, and the Settings Editor is populated with controls for your project:
There are three main areas in a Dakota project – Simulation Models, Dakota Studies, and Analysis Drivers. This tutorial will create components for the Cantilever project in the order they are shown.